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Thursday, February 26 2009


Late ‘Voice of the Kentucky Derby’ Luke Kruytbosch to be honored


The late Luke Kruytbosch, who served for a decade as the “Voice of the Kentucky Derby” in his role as announcer at historic Churchill Downs, will be honored on Saturday, Feb. 28 as the American Heart Association holds its 17th annual Crystal Heart Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

The snazzy Saturday evening black-tie event features fine food, great auction items and music and annually raises money to fight heart disease and stroke. The Gala is annually a hot ticket each year that attracts many of Kentuckiana’s business and medical community leaders. This year’s event begins at 6 p.m. (Eastern).





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Monday, February 23 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Update 2.23.09


WEST/BAFFERT, PEGRAM TAKE TURF PARADISE DERBY WITH MAYOR MARV

Having already faced some of Southern California’s outstanding prospects for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Mayor Marv was relatively battle-tested for a horse that had only one win in six races heading into Saturday’s $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby at Arizona’s Turf Paradise.

His first trip out of Southern California and initial step into stakes company was a rousing success as Mayor Marv drew away in the stretch for an easy 4 ½-length victory over Hidden Bounty. David Flores was aboard Mayor Marv as he notched his second consecutive win after five career-opening losses that included solid efforts behind Kentucky Derby contenders The Pamplemousse, the winner of the San Rafael (GII), and Robert B. Lewis (GII) runner-up Papa Clem.





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Friday, February 20 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Update (2.20.09)


SOUTHEAST/UNBEATEN DUNKIRK LIVES UP TO BILLING, PRICE TAG IN GULFSTREAM ALLOWANCE WIN

Favored Dunkirk, a star in the sales ring well before he made it to the races, lived up to his considerable advance billing with a powerful 4 ¾-length victory in a strong 3-year-old allowance race on Thursday at Gulfstream Park. The emphatic win stamped the lightly-raced colt as a serious contender for the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs on May 2.

The gray son of Unbridled’s Song, a $3.7 million purchase as a yearling in Keeneland’s 2007 September Sale, overcame a wide journey around the first turn in the 1 1/8-mile contest, grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to turn back runner-up Warrior’s Reward and eight other 3-year-olds. Sincero, a 48-1 longshot, finished third and More Than Willing was fourth.





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Monday, February 16 2009


‘ALL OTHERS’ FAVORED, BUT UNBEATEN OLD FASHIONED TOPS INDIVIDUAL HORSES


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2009) – The opening pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) concluded Sunday just as it had in each year of the bet’s opening decade as the mutuel field, or “all others”, was the solid 2-1 favorite among 24 wagering interests at the conclusion of betting in four-day pool. But Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned was a clear choice among the 23 individual horses in the Derby Future pool that ended on the eve of the colt’s 3-year-old racing debut.

The mutuel field, which included all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 1, was bet down to 1-9 in Pool 1’s opening moments on Thursday and was a strong favorite through every second of the four days of betting that ended at 6 p.m. (EST) on Sunday. But Remsen (GII) winner Old Fashioned loomed as the solid second choice – and the favored individual horse – throughout the pool and at odds of 7-1 on Sunday.





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Saturday, February 14 2009


‘All Others’ Still Favored, But Old Fashioned Makes A Move At Midpoint of First ‘09Derby Futures


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2009) – The “all others” wager continued to draw strong support during the second day of betting in the first of three pools in Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), but unbeaten Old Fashioned emerged as the clear choice among individual contenders for the “Run for the Roses” as the four-day pool reached its midpoint on Friday evening.

The mutuel field, the wagering interest that consists of all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses on the KDFW Pool 1 betting roster, remained the clear 6-5 favorite when the second day of betting in the pool drew to a close at 10 p.m. (all times EST) Friday. But Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned was separated from the 23 individual horses in the pool as the Larry Jones-trained son of Unbridled’s Song was a clear 7-1 second choice at the conclusion of Friday’s betting. Old Fashioned, who was a 12-1 risk at the end of Thursday’s first day of Pool 1 betting, will be a strong favorite as he makes his 2009 debut in Monday’s $250,000 Southwest Stakes (Grade III) at Oaklawn Park.





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Friday, February 13 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Update


TOP STORIES:

* DESERT PARTY ROLLS OVER STABLEMATES IN DUBAI
* OLD FASHIONED SET FOR ’09 DEBUT IN SOUTHWEST
* CHOCOLATE CANDY A SWEET VALENTINE FAVORITE
* ‘ALL OTHERS’ STILL FAVORED IN DERBY FUTURES





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‘ALL OTHERS’ STRONG EARLY CHOICE IN DERBY FUTURES


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2009) – Fans of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) have made the mutuel field, or “all others,” the favored betting interest in the opening pool of the bet every year since its introduction in 1999. They appear in no mood to alter that pattern in the first of three 2009 Derby Future pools.

The “all others” betting interest, which includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed on the KDFW Pool 1 wagering roster, was a strong favorite from the opening seconds of the four-day pool and was an odds-on fan’s choice at 4-5 when Thursday’s wagering concluded at 10 p.m. (all times EST) on Thursday. Total betting on the first day of the Feb. 12-15 pool was $48,207, which reflected a solid increase over 2008’s opening day betting of $30,351.





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Wednesday, February 11 2009


CHURCHILL DOWNS RECEIVES KHRC APPROVAL TO OFFER EXACTAS IN KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOLS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2009) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) has granted approval to allow Churchill Downs to offer exacta wagering in its Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) pools. The home of the America’s greatest race will not offer exacta betting in Pool 1 of the 2009 Derby Future bet, which opens its four-day run on Thursday, but Derby Futures Exacta betting will be available in the two remaining pools scheduled to run March 12-15 and April 2-5.

The addition of exacta wagering in the field of 24 wagering interests is the first change in the betting menu in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager since the bet was introduced in 1999. To this point the pools in each Kentucky Derby Future Wager have offered only a $2 minimum win wager. Starting with Pool 2 of 2009, the exacta wager – also a $2 minimum bet – will be part of the wagering menu on the pool’s field of 24 betting interests.





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Tuesday, February 10 2009


‘All Others’ Favored In Opening Pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2009) – Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) begins its 11th year on Thursday when the first of its three betting pools opens with the mutuel field, or “all others,” as the favored betting interest as fans take their shot at picking the winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) months in advance of America’s greatest race.

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed the “all others” betting interest as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 1, which opens at noon (all times EST) on Thursday, Feb. 12 and concludes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. But that’s hardly a surprise as the mutuel field has been favored in the KDFW’s opening pool in each of the first 10 years of the Derby Future bet. Fans often opt for the “all others” bet rather than make a commitment to an individual horse so early in the Derby campaign and this year’s group of contenders seems more wide-open than most.





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Sunday, February 08 2009


401 NOMINATED EARLY TO 2009 TRIPLE CROWN RACES


QUALITY STAYS AT HIGHEST LEVEL AS 401 EARLY NOMINATIONS ARE LOGGED FOR RACING’S 2009 TRIPLE CROWN

Four hundred and one 3-year-olds have been nominated during the early nomination period for the 2009 edition of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing.

The figures are down from the 2008 near-record fi gure of 449 early nominations, but the quality remains at the crème de la crème level with the top three colts from the 2008 Experimental Handicap weights – Midshipman, Vineyard Haven and Square Eddie – leading the way.





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Tuesday, February 03 2009


CHURCHILL DOWNS 2009 SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. ­­­­3, 2009) – Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 Spring Meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI), and includes a total of 29 stakes events with total purses of $7.575 million.

Three more Grade I events are included on the schedule for the 52-day session that will run from April 25-July 5. The $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and $300,000-added Humana Distaff, both scheduled on the Kentucky Derby program on Saturday, May 2, and the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap, which is set to head the “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” racing program on Saturday, June 13, round out the five Grade I events on the schedule.





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Friday, January 09 2009


Steve Sexton on the death of retired Daily Racing Forn Executive Columnist Joe Hirsch


“Joe Hirsch earned and deserved universal respect and admiration throughout Thoroughbred racing. Owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, grooms, racing executives, members of the media, and lovers of racing around the world revered Joe for his immense knowledge, remarkable talent and positive impact on our sport. But those who had to good fortune to know or simply meet him through the years will remember Joe for the incredible kindness he displayed to all who crossed his path. Countless journalists benefited from his guidance and counsel, and the Kentucky Derby and Thoroughbred racing are stronger because of the work and influence of Joe Hirsch. Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby family are deeply saddened by his passing, and mourn that his insightful and impassioned voice is now quiet. One of Joe's most memorable sentences came in a Daily Racing Form piece on five-time ‘Horse of the Year’ Kelso in which he wrote: ‘Once upon a time there was a horse named Kelso … but only once.’ Let us borrow Joe’s brilliant phrase and proclaim today that once upon a time, there was a special journalist and man named Joe Hirsch … but only once.”



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